I’m an avid reader, not just of fiction, but non-fiction as well. I typically like to read history, but since I’ve become a mom, I’ve been reading a lot about parenting babies.
My friend, Brooke, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl about a week before I did and did a post about what she considers to be great baby books everyone should read. I wanted to do one of my own.
The What To Expect series is very, very useful. It’s almost like an encyclopedia of knowledge. Anything and just about everything is mentioned in these books. They’re organized in two different ways: the first is month by month, and the second is an almost topical organization. When I was pregnant, I loved reading week by week to see how Rhys was developing. If I wasn’t feeling well, I could look up why or what to do to fix it. I also felt pretty knowledgeable about my labor and delivery, but not about my bleeding. Now, I like to read the milestones for each month so I have an idea of what Rhys can possibly achieve. For any other questions I have, I just look it up in the index.
This was a very useful book. I recommend reading it before your baby is born, then reading it again during the first week. It helped me to feel a little more confident with breastfeeding and also gave useful information about storing pumped milk and how/when to pump if you are a full-time worker or a part-time worker.
One of Justin’s friends bought this book for us. It’s kind of a very watered down, infographic version of What to Expect. But, they act as if the baby is a machine and this is the compilation of instructions, diagrams, and blueprints. It’s hilarious. I believe that it was created for dads. There is also a Toddler Owner’s Manual that I will read when Rhys gets to that age.
I actually liked this book. It had some good point. I know there’s a lot of negativity towards it, but I believe the point was to suggest a good idea and make it your own. You know, the “spirit of the law” rather than the “letter of the law.” For more on my thoughts about BabyWise, check out this post.
I’ve always wanted a baby journal, and this is perfect. It’s super cute and very funny. There is also specific parts that Dads fill out, which I love that they include him in the journaling. However, this blog also acts as a baby journal, so I don’t think I’ll glue in pictures in the book. But, it’s nice to have both a public baby journal and a private one as well.
I have a few books that I am going to start reading:
The sequel to The Baby Owner’s Manual. I’m sure it’ll be just as hilarious.
I’ve always been curious about baby signing. I think it’d be interesting and fun to learn this as a family. If it works, wonderful! If Justin and I don’t really stick to the program or get lazy about it, oh well. But, it’ll be fun to see Rhys learn and grow at such an early age by learning some sign language.
What other baby books do you recommend?